The first campaign contribution reports from Montgomery County Council candidates are trickling in to the Maryland State Board of Elections ahead of Wednesday evening’s filing deadline, with two at-large incumbents showing six-figure bank accounts.
Council member George Leventhal (D-At-Large), reported $104,518 in donations and a total of $117,467 cash on hand. Council member Hans Riemer (D-At-Large) showed $72,787 in donations and a total balance of $122,372.
Upcounty activist Beth Daly, running for one of the council’s four at-large seats, reported $98,640 in cash on hand. More than half of that came in the form of personal loans, including $45,000 Daly borrowed from herself on Jan. 7. The other announced at-large candidate, Vivian Malloy, reported contributions of $16,300 and $9,957.80 in cash.
Two district council members, so far running unopposed, reported minimal activity. Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) filed just $200 in donations and $52,368.60 in cash on hand. Nancy Navarro (D-Midcounty) showed $13,375 in contributions and a total balance of $16,707.
As is the case historically, real estate and development interests gave generously to the incumbents. Leventhal, who sits on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, received $2,500 from Pulte Group, currently pushing for council approval of a residential development in Clarksburg. Riemer got $1,000 from Barbara Sears, an attorney from Linowes and Blocher who has represented Johns Hopkins, Foulger-Pratt, Federal Realty Investment Trust and EYA on county business.
Leventhal hired a consultant to help him raise money. His filing shows payments totaling $25,000 since last February to Arlington fundraiser Steve Hurvitz. Riemer paid $3,500 to Advocacy Data, a voter targeting firm.